About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • HVM Catapult publishes Annual Review 2019/20

    The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) has today published its annual review capturing the impact of its work to boost manufacturing performance in 2019/20 and to support the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • UK to lead the development of the next generation of sustainable composite materials

    A new initiative has been launched to develop the next generation of sustainable composite materials and bring together the UK’s composites expertise to quickly turn research breakthroughs into industrial applications. Led by the NCC and CPI, Sustainable Composites is a partnership between industry, academia and government that will harness the UK’s world-leading composites research and technology development capabilities to capitalise on this rapidly growing circ. £2bn global market for end-of-life recycling.
  • Random Tandem: Developing a unique seat for a paralysed cyclist

    When former British and World Champion mountain bike trials and stunt rider Martyn Ashton was paralysed in 2013, he was determined to get back on a bike.
  • NCC part of Digital Engineering Skills Platform launched by Enginuity and Made Smarter

    The NCC is delighted to be providing training courses for the launch of a unique digital engineering skills platform – Engage.
  • NCC publishes 2019 Gender Pay Gap report

    The NCC, as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult(HVMC) and in collaboration with our partners and customers, is working to solve the world’s biggest engineering challenges. To enable us to successfully solve these problems we are growing, developing and diversifying the workforce of the future.

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